Police: Prineville woman's animals found starved, sick and living in feces-covered bedding

Kara Madison mugshot courtesy Curry County Jail

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Police say a Prineville woman is accused of starving her animals, causing them to eat their own feces to survive.

On Feb. 3, 2018, officers investigated an animal abuse complaint and multiple city ordinance violations at a residence in the 700 block of Northwest 7th Street.

At the home they found a chicken, goat, cats, several dogs and a plethora of rabbits – alive and dead.

Police determined the animals’ owner, Kara Madison, 37, had failed to provide the proper care for almost all the rabbits.

Investigators say the animals were living in feces-covered bedding and had gone extended periods of time with no water or food. They were missing hair and had various infections and diseases that killed several animals. The infections caused loss of vision and hair and open wounds.

Police say the animals were so starved, they began eating their own feces to survive.

Officers documented the conditions and seized 18 live rabbits that needed immediate care to survive. They also seized seven dead rabbits and sent one in for a necropsy.

Madison was arrested on charges of first-degree animal abuse and first-degree animal neglect.

On Feb. 23, 2018, Madison was indicted on nine counts of first-degree animal neglect. She is out of jail on conditional release pending her next court appearance.

The Humane Society of the Ochocos accepted all the living rabbits. They are will provide the rabbits with shelter, food, water and medical attention.

As of March 1, all the animals are allowed to be re-homed.

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